2 items from 2009
If "they don't make 'em like they used to" isn't officially a cliché yet, then it soon will be. Sure, it's about as accurate a maxim as they come -- times inevitably change, and culture as well -- but while it usually laments an era bygone, it often ignores the fact that change has often been equal to a sense of improvement and progress.
The 1954 musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (henceforth Sbsb), the 1964 cartoon The Incredible Mr. Limpet and the 1979 sci-fi adventure The Black Hole are each fair representations of entertainment from their time periods, little capsules of innocence the likes of which are unmatched today, but these passing years suggest that maybe they were just right for just then, best left to steep in nostalgia...
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- William Goss
C'mon, we all know the difference between "letterbox" (widescreen) and full screen pan & scan presentations. And thanks to the growing acceptance of 16x9 widescreen HDTV's, we might not have to explain this difference to our unknowing friends and family much longer. After the jump is a video from a couple years ago explaining the differences, and features appearances from a bunch of famous directors such as Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann. This would have been a great video to have in my collection 10 years ago. Scorsese says compares the process of converting a widescreen film to pan & scan as "technically, re-directing the movie." And we see some comparisons from Ben Hur, Gigi, Lawrence of Arabia, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. via: kottke »
- Peter Sciretta
2 items from 2009
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